Ware, Illinois

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Unincorporated community
Ware, Illinois, town sign.jpg
Highway 3 sign
Country United States
State Illinois
County Union
Elevation 351 ft (107 m)
Coordinates 37°26′52″N 89°23′38″W / 37.44778°N 89.39389°W / 37.44778; -89.39389Coordinates: 37°26′52″N 89°23′38″W / 37.44778°N 89.39389°W / 37.44778; -89.39389
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62952
Area code 618
Location of Ware within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Ware, Illinois

Ware is an unincorporated community in Union County, Illinois, and is located near Jonesboro.


The earliest inhabitants of the area around Ware were of Late Woodland and Mississippian cultures. A village with four mounds was occupied between around 800 and 1300 A.D. One of the four mounds was destroyed in the construction of Illinois Route 3. [1]The Ware Mounds and Village Site is situated just west of Ware. In January 1839, thousands of Cherokee Indians being forcibly relocated from their lands in Georgia to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) passed through Ware. Because floating ice the Cherokee were unable to cross the Mississippi River and camped along Dutch Creek. Due to the intense cold many died. [2]


Ware Baptist Church

The Illinois Central Railroad and Illinois Route 3 pass through Ware, Illinois, connecting the community to the rest of the state. Two churches, Ware Baptist Church and Ware United Methodist Church, provide religious services. [3]

2000 Census[edit]

As of Census 2000, the population is 3,422[4] It is named for politician and farmer Jesse Ware.[5]


  1. ^ Philip Phillips (2003). "Archaeological Survey in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley 1940-1947". ISBN 9780817350222. 
  2. ^ "Illinois Historical Markers by County". Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  3. ^ "ShawneeHeartland.com". Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  4. ^ "Census Population for 62952". 
  5. ^ Adams, Jane H. (1994). The Transformation of Rural Life: Southern Illinois, 1890-1990. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. p. 21. 

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